Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|26 October - 4 November 2018||On Sale|
Join us for a once in a lifetime trekking challenge in the beautiful country of Nepal.
The challenge is on to trek to Poon Hill (3,210 m) to raise funds for the charity of your choice. Our adventure takes place in the stunning Annapurna region, home to the Annapurna I (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Machhapuchhre (6,993 m) - pure Himalayan magic! The highlight of the challenge is to summit Poon Hill (3,210 m), which will give us panoramic views of the highest peaks in the surrounding area.
The challenge will take us through charming Nepalese villages, where we will experience the culture of the local mountain people first hand. The challenge will be tough but the friendship and camaraderie along the way will be amazing.
We catch an overnight flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, where we meet our local ground handler and transfer to our hotel. Once we've checked in, our ground handler gives us a pre-trek briefing. This evening, we get to know each other and have our first group dinner at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.
This morning, we catch a short domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which lasts only about twenty-five minutes and gives us spectacular views of the Himalayas. After arriving in Pokhara, we're transferred to the starting point of our challenge at Nayapul. Our first day’s trek follows the sub-tropical Modi Khola river valley to Birethanti, a large village on the old Nepal-Tibet trading route. We overnight in the pretty village of Syauli (1,230 m), where we enjoy superb vistas of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
Today, the challenge begins in earnest! We start with a steady ascent up a stone staircase high above the river valley, look out for the birds of prey! A short but steep climb leads us to Kimche (1,630 m) where we can take a well-deserved break. We then continue to Chane following a wide, well-defined path, we soon reach the largest village of the region, Ghandruk. This Gurung village is well known for the number of its men-folk who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. Our lodge is located in the heart of the village where we enjoy fine mountain views of Annapurna South and beautiful Machhapuchhare.
Another day of ascending! Leaving the terraced hillsides behind, we enter oak and beautiful rhododendron forest for one of the most stunning parts of the trek. The forest is alive with the sound of birds, small waterfalls and the rhododendrons should be in full bloom at this time of year. There are stunning views of the Himalayas along the way today. Our lodge is in Tadapani tonight and is the perfect setting for sunset and sunrise views.
We rise early to catch the breath-taking sunrise over the Himalayas. Today’s trek starts with a series of ascents and descents through stunning rhododendron forest. We reach Banthanti for an early lunch and in the afternoon, we cross a small series of small streams as we ascend through the forest to reach the open ridges at Deurali (2,987 m) here we enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We continue to Ghorepani (2,780 m) where we overnight.
We’re up early to trek to Poon Hill, one of Nepal’s best viewpoints. We arrive by torchlight just before sunrise, in time to enjoy fabulous mountain views across the Himalayas. In fine conditions Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) and its satellite peaks dominate the western skyline. We reluctantly drop back down to Ghorepani for breakfast and then begin the day’s walk, which is downhill through beautiful forests to the village of Ulleri, where we have lunch. In the afternoon, there is a steep descent down to the Bhurung Khola River where we cross a small suspension bridge before reaching the village of Tirkedunga, where we overnight.
This morning, we trek from Tirkedunga to Nayapul and transfer to Pokhara (850 m). Our last day's trekking sees us follow the Bhurungdi River down to the village of Birethanti. Here, we have an early lunch before heading to Nayapul where we say farewell to our porters and board the coach back to Pokhara. We overnight at a hotel near the lakeside. After a welcomed shower, the rest of the afternoon is free to explore this fascinating town; take a boat out on the lake and enjoy some of the many shopping opportunities. This evening, we dine out together at a Nepali restaurant.
After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for the return flight to Kathmandu. We are then met at the airport and taken back to our hotel. This afternoon is free to do sightseeing and shopping in downtown Kathmandu. This evening, we celebrate our achievements.
We have some more free time in Kathmandu before we depart for our return flight to the UK.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
You will spend the nights following trekking days in Nepalese lodges and the remaining nights in comfortable tourist class hotels.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity trek in Nepal. You will need to apply for a visa to obtain entry into Nepal, we will send you all the relevant information and forms in plenty of time.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.